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"What a heartwarming and hopeful story that will get you in the Christmas spirit!"--BookLover in Florida
"This was such a sweet treat of a read! Lighthearted and adorable, with a real sense of mischief and magic." -NovelGossip
"Charming, romantic and engaging! Five Stars from me!"--Rae Reads
"This book is just wow. It reminds me of movies with those Christmasy happy, feel all the feels plots."--Hello Chick Lit
"I felt as though I was catapulted back into a simpler time, magical andbeautiful."--Chick Lit Central
"I really liked the Christmas atmosphere that permeates every page and made me feel all warm inside."--ItaPixie's Book Corner
"Wonderful romance, gorgeously done. I have to say I devoured it. Very much recommend."--BR Maycock's Cook Blog
"Corcillo has created the perfect Christmas gift for us. Yes, read this book!"--Jena Books
- ASIN : B01JU75TRW
- Publisher : Geralyn Corcillo (October 18, 2016)
- Publication date : October 18, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2645 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,418 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Geralyn Corcillo at KDP 2016 ISBN: 978-1-62678-016-3
Drakenfall resort in the village of Tippingstock is the place to be for Christmas. Owned and operated by Lord Mark Shiley and his American wife Maisy Potter, gives credence to the belief that magical things happen at Drakenfall. How else could an American girl have become the wife and true love of a Baron?
As the resort prepares for the lavish annual Christmas Ball, hope and expectation fill the air. Employees and guests alike wonder if they too might find a little magic and love this Christmas. But different cultures, social stations, goals and confusion collide and threaten to derail everyone’s chance at happiness.
The house manager Glynis feels that love, like the years, have passed her by. Pippa the maid is convinced that she is not worthy of Kafi’s interest, much less his affection. And when Maisy’s parents arrive on the scene unexpectedly, she fears her secret will ruin her charmed marriage with Mark.
A Drakenfall Christmas is entertaining, sweet and fun. The characters are an assortment of holiday gumdrops: colorful, rich, spicy, sweet, and even a sour one or two.
Geralyn succeeds in making readers believe that Christmas is indeed a magical time. In the words of one of her characters, ‘We enjoy the people who are always with us. We take time to experience the best there is to have right in our very own lives.’
And love is alive and possible more than at any other time of year.
I found the story to be a bit confusing at first. Sex is implied but not acted out so it would appeal to most readers. One reviewer said it was a lot like Love Actually. It did have a lot of characters introduced in the first few pages so it was like meeting a room full of people. It is hard to remember names and what part they played. There was the Lord and Lady, they went by several names, titles, first names, etc. Then the manager of the house and the manager of the stables. There were 4 male and female employees that we get their story. Then there were the guest, at least 2 couples, a couple of old ladies, etc. Then there was the lady of the houses parents. So it was a bit confusing until you sorted it out and figured the parts that each one played. On one hand, it was very casual and friendly, the Lord and Lady go by their first names to one and all. But then it seemed like the employees even though they were pretty free with their comments to the Boss and Lady Boss, they also practiced the employee and employer relationship. I sort of went back and forth in my head with what period I was mentally in. I would be shocked when one of the employees was very frank with their opinion to the lady of the house! But it seemed to be ok. There were references to a GPS, a Mercedes limo, etc. so you know it is modern day. But then the groom uses a horse and sleigh to go into the village for groceries. Then another employee would use the Range Rover. So it was a bit of back and forth in time periods for me.
As you get into it, it does have a way of getting you caught up in the story each one is living. Most of them I could buy. I had a real problem with the Clay's from America. There is no way they could be like they were for over 30 years and then one night they become the perfect pair. I just didn't buy that. Nor could I buy the pair becoming loving parents enough to make a 3 hr. car ride to see their son at Christmas. Those kinds of people don't change overnight. All the rest were good endings. The story is entertaining and a fun read. I would definitely recommend it.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
Top reviews from other countries
‘I flicked my thick braid over my shoulder, clawing wayward strands out from the front of my face. As I sped through the icy wind toward the harbour town, I pressed my knees into the stallion’s sides as tightly as I could. I urged the horse on, my skirts and petticoats flying about my waist. But I had to hurry. I HAD to. The Baron was depending on me.’
So I told told you about this book when I reviewed the excellent short story anthology ‘Love in an elevator,’ and then as a standalone here. It was written by Geralyn Corcillo, an inspirational friend of mine who I know solely through social media, and I was intrigued. I warned that I wasn’t sure I could review this, as it’s like when I was starting out reviewing crime and thrillers, if you don’t regularly read books of a certain genre, and in this case written in a certain manner, ie the way for example Jane Austen books are written, with beautiful words that beg to be read out loud, then you could be in trouble. So bear this in mind.
This book had a clutter of characters that somehow still managed to be distinctive and identifiable. They all had their own roles in the story and personalities that drew me in, asking that I find out about each and every one and the mysteries that enshrouded them. The setting was amazing, that of Drakenfall Estate, a large, as they call it, ‘country estate-turned-resort, with acres of land and a magnificent entrance that had me eagerly following along the various visitors as they arrived, left and went about their business. There was love and romance, bitterness and jealousy, more than a few secrets and even a curse. I warmed to so many characters (an exception, unfortunately was Pippa, who was so negative she drove me nuts!), and loved how the beautiful Christmas festivities warmed some chilled hearts. There were escaped cats, unruly children and mix-ups that regularly made me smile, as did the wonderful romance, so gorgeously done. This was a book I read at four o clock in the morning when I was in and out to my son and I have to say I devoured it. I don’t know what it will do for fans of this particular genre, but I do know that it ticked all the boxes for me. Very much recommended and I will be looking to see the next book in this series. Thanks so much to the author Geralyn Corcillo, and HCL author services for allowing me to be part of this great blog tour.
I would love to read more books by this author.
I read and reviewed this book with no obligation.